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If you’re not reading the Economist’s Graphic Detail blog, you should be. Thursday, for instance, they posted this gem : The striking takeaway from this graphic is that Facebook has approximately one-tenth the employees of Google.
Pinterest drove more traffic to online publishers in February than Twitter, according to third-party measurement data. That's an impressive figure, given that the two-year-old site has an estimated 11.7 million active registered users compared to Twitter's more than 100 million . The data was provided by Shareholic , whose sharing widgets are used across more than 200,000 online publishers, mostly independent bloggers. Between them, those publishers reach some 270 million unique visitors every month. In February, the company found that a little less than half (48.81%) of all traffic came from Google, followed by Facebook (6.38%), Yahoo (1.61%), StumbleUpon (1.29%) and Bing (1.21%).
The BBC, The Huffington Post and The Guardian are the three most viral news sources on Facebook and Twitter, according to a new report. The rankings, compiled by Dublin-based Newswhip , were determined by the number of stories that received more than 100 Twitter mentions and more than 100 Facebook Likes in January. Sites with paywalls, including The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times were not included. The BBC led the pack on Twitter, publishing 2,621 stories that received more than 100 mentions. The Guardian ranked second with 1,149 mentions, followed by Mashable (1,098), the Huffington Post (895) and TechCrunch (716).
Following the revelation that Google bypasses built-in privacy protections on the iPhone's web browser , Microsoft has come forward to declare that Google similarly exploits vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer . Google responded to the accusations, admitting it was using a known workaround but saying Microsoft's policy is "widely non-operational." When it was revealed last week that many Google websites get around preferences in Apple's Safari browser to anonymously track (via cookies ) sites the user visited, Microsoft went to work to see if Google was also circumventing privacy settings in Internet Explorer. In a posting yesterday, Microsoft vice president of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch said this was indeed the case. Although the technique is different, what Google is doing has the same effect of getting the browser to accept cookies when it typically wouldn't.
It's no secret people behave differently, depending on the social network. Sometimes it's the audience you're speaking to. Sometimes it's the people you know are following your every move (hi, mom).
Users of social networks are getting tired of sharing — but that doesn't mean sharing is on the decline. A new study analyzes sharing behaviors on Facebook , Twitter and Google+ and makes predictions for the future of sharing. Digital agency Beyond released the study for Social Media Week , along with the below infographic.
Both iPhones and Android devices unlock in the same way: with the user sliding his or her finger along part of the screen. That simple function has prompted a huge amount of legal wrangling, with both Apple and Google (by proxy of its recent acquisition, Motorola ) scoring victories over the ownership of "slide-to-unlock" on phones in the past week. A German court ruled in Apple's favor on Thursday — twice — on separate allegations that Motorola Mobility had infringed on Apple's patents on slide-to-unlock. A Munich regional court said certain Motorola phones infringed on the German part of a broader European patent. It's Apple's first patent victory over Motorola ever.
Ann Smarty is a search marketer and full-time web entrepreneur. Ann blogs on search and social media tools. Her newest project, My Blog Guest , is a free platform for guest bloggers and blog owners.
The folks at Flowtown have put together a quick reference guide to six different social media services . Called the SMB Social Media Cheat Sheet, it contains basic stats on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr and Digg.
Google , Apple and Facebook are the tech trifecta, so we found facts that could help you land a job at one of these companies. No doubt, there will be stiff competition: Nearly one in four young professionals wants to work at Google, for instance, but there's more room in the Googleplex for software developers. Facebook gets 250,000 applications a year and sifts through them to find the cream of the crop, preferring those who build things, whether they're apps or organizations. And Apple wants, well, Apple fanboys to help create the next generation of gadgetry, but you ought to have a reference from an existing Appler.
Job trend reports are pointing to big things for the tech industry, including lots of openings and opportunities for growth. Here's the lowdown on tech hiring trends. In 2012, there will be increased demand for mobile app developers, data warehouse analysts and user experience designers. Consider the number of people companies will need to hire to build mobile applications across platforms for Apple products, Android and other smartphones.
Apple and Google may look similar on the surface, but the companies couldn't be any more different. That much has become clear to me after reading both the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson and Steven Levy's In the Plex . Google and Apple are technology behemoths that bucked the system, created game-changing products and are worth more than $550 billion collectively. Both companies have successful mobile phone divisions and web browsers, and both companies have a common enemy in Microsoft.
As the U.S. limps back from recession, the tech industry has been hailed as a boon for growth and job creation. But upon closer inspection of multi-billion dollar valuations and scrappy startups on their way to profitability, you might notice that the revenues these companies command are wildly disproportionate to the number of people they employ. Facebook , which some have valued at $100 billion after filing for an IPO last week, employs a mere 3,000 people.